How to Make a Live Catch Mousetrap

by Crystal Bonser
A deep bucket for your trap prevents mice from jumping out.

A deep bucket for your trap prevents mice from jumping out.

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No one wants mice in their homes or businesses, but that doesn't mean you need to hurt or kill them in order to get rid of them. There are several humane mouse traps on the market that do not cause harm to the mice, but rather, contain them until you are able to set them free. If you don't want to spend money on a humane mouse trap, you can make one yourself using items laying around your home.

Items you will need

  • Bucket
  • Can with its lid fully or partially attached
  • Wire
  • Wood plank or wide stick
  • Power drill
Step 1

Drill two holes in the top of each side of the bucket, one on either side.

Step 2

Drill two holes in the can, one through the top lid and one through the bottom.

Step 3

Thread your wire from the outside of the bucket through one of the holes in the bucket, then through the two holes in the can and finally, through the second hole in in the bucket. Your can should now be suspended over the opening of the bucket, and you should be able to spin the can on the wire without much resistance.

Step 4

Twist the ends of the wire around themselves so the wire doesn't sag and cause the can to drop down in the bucket.

Step 5

Place the bucket on the floor.

Step 6

Lean a wood plank or wide stick against the bucket to create a ramp for the mice to climb up.

Step 7

Smear peanut butter on the can. The smell will attract the mice, causing them to walk up the ramp for a snack. When a mouse stands on the can, it will roll and be dropped into the bucket.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the bucket frequently for mice. Once a mouse has been caught you need to take him outdoors and release him immediately. The longer you let a mouse sit in the bucket, the more harm you will bring to him.

About the Author

Crystal Bonser has been working as a freelance writer and editor for an educational website since 2009. She is also the creator of a pet-loss website on which she facilitates weekly grief support groups. Bonser holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in psychology from Ryerson University.

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